On July 16, seven young men from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania professed their First Vows as members of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Fr. Cyprian Binaka, C.S.C., Superior of the District of East Africa, presided and preached at the Mass of First Profession. Assisting were Br. Cleophas Kyomuhendo, C.S.C., Novice Master, and Fr. Gabriel Lulu, C.S.C., and Fr. Benedict Mugisa, C.S.C., who both serve on the novitiate staff.
The newly professed from the District of East Africa are: Mr. Zephania Bwambale, C.S.C., Mr. Didas Peter Mwacha, C.S.C., Mr. Godfrey Comfort, C.S.C., Mr. Henry Sospeter Omusungu, C.S.C., Mr. Darius Otim, C.S.C., Mr. Joseph Mbugua Mwaura, C.S.C., and Mr. Hillary Musinguzi, C.S.C.
After the Mass, the celebration continued with a festive meal with the Holy Cross Family, and the family and friends of the newly professed.
The following week 11 novices were received into the novitiate. Fr. Lulu presided at the Mass of Reception, and Fr. Mugisa concelebrated. As part of their reception into the Novitiate, the men received a copy of the Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross. It was a moment of great joy and hope for them as well as for the whole Congregation.